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Surprised that DeMaio didn’t run? Just follow the moves.

When Carl DeMaio pulled papers for the 50th Congressional District on Monday of last week, while also paying the $1,740 non-refundable filing fee, many thought that was a final decision. He was indeed running against Duncan Hunter.

When he then announced last Friday he wasn’t running, it surprised the same “many.”

Why the heck would he cough up over 1,700 smackers when he could have waited on that part until a final decision?

It’s pretty simple. DeMaio wanted El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells to think the same thing the “many” did, that he was indeed running, hoping somehow Wells would decide to opt out of the race as a result.

Neither DeMaio nor Wells want a Republican split of any anti-Hunter vote.

As Steve Gramm wrote last week in DeMaio’s dilemma, which is a great reality assessment of the Hunter seat situation, “If there is any (even remote) possibility whatsoever that two Republicans, Hunter and another candidate, can make it through the June election and face each other in the run-off, such a possibility goes completely out the window if another ‘name’ Republican now gets in the race.”

There you have it:

This was political chess of a high order. Hunter, however, is still the king on the board. What move comes next is anyone’s guess.

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